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5 Fun Facts About August 23 In West Virginia History

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1. In 1774, the Battle of Point Pleasant occurred in present-day Mason County. This battle marked the culmination of Lord Dunmore's War between the Virginia militia and Native American tribes, and is considered one of the first battles of the American Revolution.

2. On August 23, 1861, Union and Confederate forces clashed in the Battle of Carnifex Ferry in Nicholas County. Despite being outnumbered, Union troops were able to secure a victory and prevent Confederate forces from advancing further into western Virginia.

3. The town of Richwood in Nicholas County was incorporated on August 23, 1892. Richwood is known for its scenic beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities, including fishing, hiking, and camping.

4. On August 23, 1910, the first aerial circus in the United States was held in Wheeling. Pilots performed stunts and tricks in their airplanes, thrilling audiences and paving the way for the development of the modern air show.

5. The West Virginia State Fair, one of the state's largest annual events, typically begins on August 23 or the week leading up to it. The fair features agricultural exhibits, carnival rides, live music, and other attractions, and draws visitors from across the state and beyond.
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